Rep. Swanson reacts to State of the State address

SPRINGFIELD – State Representative Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) had the following reaction to Governor J.B. Pritzker’s 2024 State of the State and Budget Address today at the Illinois Capitol. Governor Pritzker proposed a $52.7 billion state budget, the largest spending plan in Illinois history.

“I would have liked to have heard the Governor say more about fiscal responsibility and belt-tightening as a responsible way to address the state’s $775 million deficit. Instead we heard more of the same: more taxes and more spending. The Governor continues to send millions of dollars to Chicago to help fight homelessness and provide free medical care to undocumented immigrants, but we have the same needs here in Western Illinois.

“I was also hoping to hear more about fixing the mismanagement and dysfunction at state agencies, relieving local property tax burdens and taking on our pension debt. These have all been priorities of House Republicans for years, but we heard minimal details about these topics in the Governor’s speech today.”

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